A place with great historical and religious prominence, Thrissur is located 58 km from Cochin International Airport. The name ‘Thrissur’ is an abbreviation of Thrissivaperur, the abode of Lord Shiva at the Vadakkunnatha Temple. The city was also called Vrishabhadripuram and Ten-Kailasam in ancient days. At present it is the headquarters of Thrissur District.
The city was built during the reign of Sakthan Thampuram, King of the
Kochi princely state. Thrissur has played a major role in the political and cultural history of erstwhile Kochi state. Kokkalai in Thrissur city was once a very busy dock. Thekkinkad Maidan of the city was the site of many speeches made by prominent leaders before independence.
Vadakkunnathan Temple located in the hub of the city is the main landmark. There are numerous other holy places in and around the city. Thrissur Pooram which falls in April-May has elevated the city to the world map of tourists. Athirappilly and
Vazhachal are nearby places of tourist interest. Archeological Museum, Thrissur Zoo, Cathedral dedicated to Our Lady of Lourdes and Vilangankunnu Hill are other attractions. The city has its own railhead and bus terminals and is connected to all major cities by road and rail.